One of the most popular Bible Apps online, a simple Bible reading App with a lot more versions available inside than just the NIV albeit that they range in price on an ‘in-App’ purchase from £0.61 to £6.24 and the NIV Study Bible which is excellent costs up to £18.42 but does give a full interactive experience on a smartphone or tablet.
Functionality which is useful includes:
- Downloads full versions of Bibles for offline use
- Quick navigation with three clicks to Book, Chapter and Verse
- Integration with the Tecarta Cloud account (keeps you notes and bookmarks synced across devices)
- Text to Speech – you can use your TTS voice synthesis (built-in to most smartphones) to read the text to you
- Note taking – copy text and add notes which are then uploaded to your Tecarta cloud account
- Bookmarks integrated into Tecarta Cloud and can be shared across platforms or printed out
- Zondervan Study Bible integration is excellent for cross-referencing and study – works really well on tablets
- Search for any phrase or text
- Tecarta Cloud is a mobile only application and can’t be accessed from a desktop
- The in-App purchases are pricey
- Devotionals and Commentaries are limited in number
This is probably my ‘go to’ bible App when I am in Church because of the simple navigation, clean look and ease of annotation and bookmarking. I change my devices often, and have both smartphone and tablet, so the sync feature means I just have to sign back in and all my notes and bookmarks follow me.
The Zondervan Study Bible was a bit expensive, but given that the paper version is about three times the price at least, and significantly bigger to carry around, I love it. It is a fully referenced Study Bible and I find it invaluable when I need to cross-reference or just understand some context.
I give the NIV Bible an 8/10 because of the cost of some of add-ins such as other versions and devotionals, albeit there is a decent choice of material available.
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East Mains Baptist Church